Mather LifeWays Schedule of Presentations, NCOA-ASA Joint Conference (March 15-19, 2006; Anaheim, CA)

Evanston, Illinois-based Mather LifeWays is a 50+-year-old not-for-profit organization that creates Ways to Age Well for older adults through its senior living residences, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, and community initiatives and neighborhood programs, including its Mather’s—More Than a Café concept. 

Mather LifeWays provides access to vital information and training regarding critical issues facing older adults and below is a brief overview of the topics presented by Mather LifeWays experts.  If you cannot attend but would like more information on any of the presentations, please call (847) 492-6771 or visit



  • Focus of Topic



The Café Plus Model: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Older Adult

  • The Café Plus model takes a retail approach to serving older adults.
  • The idea is to take an everyday activity, such as eating, and connect it with an environment where one can learn new things, obtain new skills, and meet new people.

Thursday, March 16
10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Conference Room 12, Hilton

Elizabeth Sassen, Director of Café Development

Adopting and Adapting OQOLD for Measuring Dementia-Specific Quality of Life

  • Describes how service providers in adult day centers, assisted living facilities, and special care facilities used an observational procedure (OQOLD: Observing Quality of Life in Dementia)

Thursday, March 16
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Grand Ballroom Salon K, Marriott

Perry Edelman, PhD, Director of Outcomes Research; Bradley R. Fulton, PhD, Senior Research Associate; Daniel Kuhn, MSW, Director of Education

Cultural Competence and Aging Chicago Style

  • Each of us represents several cultures, and there is no inherently superior or dominant culture. This session will sensitize conference attendees to the issues that impact cultural competence, and help them to view their roles.

Thursday, March 16
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lido A, Hilton

Moderator: David Lindeman, PhD, Vice President, Institute on Aging

Presenters: Beth O’Grady, MS, Executive Director, Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly; Satia Orange, Director, Literacy and Outreach, American Library Association

Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive Whole-Person Wellness Program: The Importance of Strategic Planning and Assessment

  • Developing comprehensive wellness programs for older adults is a primary goal of both community-based and residential organizations. This presentation will introduce the development of wellness programming from a whole-person wellness perspective. A comprehensive strategic planning methodology will be described.

March 17
3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meeting Room 315, Marriott

Reed Engel, MA, Director of Wellness Strategies; David Lindeman, PhD, Vice President, Institute on Aging

A Smart Investment for Business: Online Family Caregiver Education Programs

  • Approximately one quarter of all employees in the United States are involved in some form of care for an older person. Caregiving responsibilities often lead to absenteeism, lost productivity, and job turnover. Participants will learn about the benefits and costs associated with web-based technology.

March 17
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Meeting Room 315, Marriott

Nicole Batsch, Project Coordinator; Dan Kuhn, MSW, Director of Education

The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain

  • The capacity for positive changes with aging has been greatly underappreciated and studied; this particularly applies to psychological development and manifestations of the mind in the second half of life. A new concept of developmental intelligence with aging will be discussed.

Saturday, March 18
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Veranda, Marriott

Moderator: Dan Kuhn, MSW, Director of Education

Presenter: Gene D. Cohen, PhD, MD, Director, Center on Aging, Health & Humanities, George Washington University

Invest Your Marketing Dollars Wisely: The 10 Rules You Need to Know

  • Investing your marketing dollars wisely is not just a numbers game. The traditional rules of marketing have changed and are evolving at an increasing rate. Discover 10 rules that will help you gain lead generation, increase staff awareness, and stay on target with your budget and goals.

Saturday, March 18
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monterey, Hilton

Paula Ledbetter-Sellergren, Marketing Communications Manager

Pay it Forward: Encouraging Passion in Tomorrow’s Aging Leaders

  • How can we encourage passion in tomorrow’s aging leaders and continue “paying it forward?” Identify similarities and differences of each generation, discuss opportunities for recruitment, retention and mentorship of new leaders, and explore ways the generations can collaboratively pay it forward to create a positive aging society.

Saturday, March 18
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Palos Verdes B, Hilton

Nicole Batsch, Project Coordinator; Angela Johnson, MPH, CHES, Aging and Disability Resource Center

A National Survey of Whole-Person Wellness Programs in Retirement Communities

  • This session will highlight a survey of retirement communities that aims to develop a national profile on whole-person wellness program components. This survey assesses program in terms of six dimensions of whole-person wellness and will identify benefits to residents and staff, and planned changes to improve wellness programs.

Saturday, March 18
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Grand Ballroom Salon A, Marriott

Perry Edelman, PhD, Director of Outcomes Research; Cornelia C. Hodgson, Senior Partner, Dorsky Hodgson and Partners, Inc., and Mark Proffitt, BArch, MArch, Architectural Researcher, Dorsky Hodgson and Partners, Inc.

Legacy Leadership: Promoting Civic Engagement and Life Opportunities in Chicago

  • The Chicago Life Opportunities Initiative has taken positive steps to promote civic engagement through the Legacy Leadership model developed by the University of Maryland Center on Aging. This is a unique and effective model because it trains older adults to offer specific skills to their communities.

Saturday, March 18
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Los Angeles, Marriott

Kim Pavlock, MA, Director, Community Resources; and Mary O’Donnell, Program Director, Chicago Life Opportunities Initiatives/Council for Jewish Elderly

We Reap What We Sow: Proper Health Assessment and Development of Successful Workforce Health and Wellness Programs

  • Rising health care costs, staffing shortages and turnover, and demanding employees exert pressure on organizations. Proper health assessments permit successful wellness programming, planning, implementation, and evaluation. This presentation will discuss the steps involved in the assessment process, including the examination of health care expenditures, employee needs, and risk factor analysis.

March 19
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Balboa C, Hilton

Reed Engel, MA, Director of Wellness Strategies

Investing in Family Caregivers: Strategies for Implementing an Effective Educational Program

  • This presentation will examine strategies used to implement Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a self-care education program, in several states by means of a train-the-trainer model. Program content and final results of a three-year AOA grant-funded project to disseminate and evaluate the program in Illinois will be discussed.

March 19
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Grand Ballroom Salon C, Marriott

Susan Rothas, RN, BSN, Project Coordinator; Mary Britnall-Peterson, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Extension; Christine Urso, MSW, Family Caregiver Resource Specialist